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The Piano Lesson   

 
Walter Kerr Theatre, (4/16/1990 - 1/27/1991)
First Preview: Apr 10, 1990 Total Previews: 8
Opening Date: Apr 16, 1990    
Closing Date: Jan 27, 1991 Total Performances: 328

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: The house of Doaker Charles where he lives with his niece, Berniece. Pittsburgh, 1936.



Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President)
Produced by Lloyd Richards, Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director), Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director), Gordon Davidson and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President); Produced in association with The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director) and Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Managing Director); Associate Producer: Stephen J. Albert
Originally mounted in 1987 by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director) and Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
Written by August Wilson; Incidental music by Dwight D. Andrews; Incidental Music Director: Dwight D. Andrews
Directed by Lloyd Richards
Scenic Design by E. David Cosier, Jr.; Costume Design by Constanza Romero; Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind; Sound Design by G. Thomas Clark
Executive Producer: Benjamin Mordecai; General Manager: Laurel Ann Wilson; Company Manager: Sally Campbell
Production Stage Manager: Karen L. Carpenter; Stage Manager: Russell W. Johnson; Production Supervisor: Neil Mazzella
Casting: Meg Simon and Fran Kumin; General Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing Consultant: Delphine Lester; Press Representative: David LeShay
Cast
Charles S. DuttonBoy Willie
Rocky CarrollLymon
Apryl R. FosterMaretha
Carl GordonDoaker
Lisa Gay HamiltonGrace
Tommy HollisAvery
S. Epatha MerkersonBerniece
Lou MyersWining Boy
Understudies: Danny Robinson Clark (Wining Boy), Samuel L. Jackson (Boy Willie, Lymon), Khanya Mkhize (Maretha) and Kim Staunton (Berniece, Grace)
Theatre World
winner 1990 Award [recipient] 
  Rocky Carroll
winner 1990 Award [recipient] 
  Tommy Hollis
Tony Award®
 1990 Best Play [nominee] 
 Written by August Wilson ;  Produced by Lloyd Richards , Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director) , Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director) , Gordon Davidson and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President) ;  Executive Producer: Benjamin Mordecai ;  Produced in association with The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center , Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director) , Goodman Theatre and Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director)
 1990 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 
  Charles S. Dutton
 1990 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 
  Rocky Carroll
 1990 Best Featured Actress in a Play [nominee] 
  S. Epatha Merkerson
 1990 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 
  Lloyd Richards
Drama Desk Award
winner 1990 Outstanding New Play [winner] 
 Produced by Lloyd Richards , Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director) , Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director) , Gordon Davidson and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President) ;  Produced in association with The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center , Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director) , Goodman Theatre , Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director) and Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Managing Director) ;  Written by August Wilson
 1990 Outstanding Actor in a Play [nominee] 
  Charles S. Dutton
 1990 Outstanding Actress in a Play [nominee] 
  S. Epatha Merkerson
 1990 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 
  Rocky Carroll
 1990 Outstanding Director of a Play [nominee] 
 Directed by Lloyd Richards
Pulitzer Prize
winner 1990 for Drama [winner] 
 Written by August Wilson
 1989 for Drama [nominee] 
 Written by August Wilson